Final Year Undergraduate Landscape Studios


The final design studio of the Landscape Architecture undergraduate programme requires independent thinking, self-directed study and the demonstration of critical skills in spatial design. Students pursue individual projects with the support of academic and professional staff.  Design themes and sites are researched and defined in an initial workshop, these are developed in depth over the semester and presented at regular intervals. The final design work is presented at a public exhibition and submitted with a written description in book form. 

Kerry Railway Route Reuse: Colm O’Sullivan

The thesis investigated how an unused railway line can become a  new landscape experience along Kerry’s dramatic coastline. The work takes account of historic structures and stretches of the line that are in now in private ownership as well as connecting to other sites of interest. 

Latvian Military Base: Karlis Spunde

A large rural landscape in Latvia was vacated to make way for a Soviet military base after the second world war. This was then vacated in the 1990’s and this design investigated how its ecology and special character could be managed for future use. 

Docklands Lightscape: Isabel Kelly

The work looked at how nighttime use of the Poolbeg peninsula and south-wall pier in Dublin Bay could be enhanced with a series of lighting installations that pay respect to the unique atmosphere of the setting. 


Unused Landscape in Dublin: Roisin Byrne

An investigation of possible uses for a large site north of Dublin that was earmarked for a housing development that did not take place. The work investigated the ecology and special character of the site.  

Walk to the Alhambra: Eoghan Riardan   

The Alhambra Palace in Granada is a large tourist attraction. Part of the palace setting facing the city is not accessible but was a former connection between Granada and the larger landscape. The work investigates how the palace landscape and city can be reconnected and the visitors experience be extended beyond the famous historic buildings.